From new knowledge to new practices

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Stina Meyer Larsen til venstre og Anne Marie Dahler

 How research create value for employees and citizens.

When the City of Odense, consents to a research co-operation, the terms are clear: The knowledge provided by the co-operation must continually challenge and move practices!

– Previously, the tendency were that a research projects was more relevant and obligatory for the researcher than the real world. Therefore, the new knowledge generated by researchers are often difficult to implement. In addition, we now demand that research co-operation must develop new practices. This demand should provide push development – we need to see an improvement in the values we create along the way, says Morten Hoff, head of Odense Municipality’s Centre for Welfare Technology.

The Centre for Welfare Technology has specifically formulated a collaboration agreement, where one of the goals is that the research should continuously create new knowledge and value for the municipality.

– When we get inquiries about PhD projects, we clarify our demands about what we need from the project, how we can use the new knowledge and implement it in practice. This new approach makes the co-operation more obligatory than before. Both in relation to ourselves and to the areas we make available for research, but also in relation to the researchers. It has become more visible to the researchers what we require before we enter into a collaboration with them, explains Morten Hoff.

Research that further develops good practice

Stina Meyer Larsen (left) and Anne Marie Dahler are both looking at the implementation of welfare technology in their PhD projects.

Stina Meyer Larsen (left) and Anne Marie Dahler are both looking at the implementation of welfare technology in their PhD projects.

The co-operation has so far formed precedent for a PhD co-operation with two researcher from University College Lillebælt. Both research projects work with welfare technology and both projects are entrench in real practices.

Stina Meyer Larsen investigates in her project how we convey technology to the elderly. Her goal is to develop the occupational professional practice, and she has already found that some of the employees involved in the project has expressed that they look differently at their own practices.

– My starting point is that I want to enhance practice and hereby the service that the municipality provides the elderly. In my project, I am close to employees and citizens; their reflection is important and affects the project. Therefore, I actually move practice.

In addition, Anne Marie Dahler finds that the stringent requirements for co-operation is rewarding for her project.

– It provides me access to the field I want to examine in my project, even if the field moves during my project. At the same time, I have agree to constantly communicate and convey my findings. It is very rewarding for me and for the project that people from practices follow the project so closely and offer reflections on the way.

Anne Marie Dahler investigates how different technologies affect people, and what kind of independence they create. The two PhD co-operations are not so far in process that results are found.


How do we convey technology to the elderly?

Stina Meyer Larsen’s PhD project investigates what senior citizens’ think about healthcare technology and what the technology does to them and their daily lives, and how this affect the healthcare professionals in the way of conveying technology to the elderly. The project will continuingly develop practices and build up knowledge concerning the conveying of healthcare technology to the elderly.
Project Title: Development and implementation of a client-centred perspective in the process of conveying welfare technology to the elderly – an action research study
PhD student: Stina Meyer Larsen, Health Educational research center, University College Lillebælt
Time frame: 2014-2017
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What significance does technologies for the relation between citizen, healthcare professionals and relatives?

Anne Marie Dahlers PhD project is based on the theory of empowerment – that is how to acquire responsibility and influence their own lives. The field is primarily eating technologies and wash/flush toilets. The project will make recommendations for adjustments and the development of new practices for implementing welfare technology.
Project Title: Welfare Technology solutions in the municipal health practices in an empowerment perspective
PhD student: Anne Marie Dahler, Center for Applied Welfare research, University College Lillebælt
Time frame: 2014-2017
Read more about the project

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